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Newsletter January

Nazdrovje - a toast on the new year, and a reminder for Suppressed by the Saviour

On behalf of our photographers, filmmakers, partners and collaborators, Paradox whishes you a happy and healthy 2019!

We start the new year with Suppressed by the Saviour, Hester den Boer’s extensive project on the former Gulag and the parallels between Russia’s dark past and the current climate of growing repression under Putin. Den Boer approached her subject both as a photographer and a writer/journalist, which resulted in an exhibition, a nonfiction book and a series of online visual stories.

For six months, Den Boer travelled Siberia. She visited former Gulag campsites, interviewed victims of the Stalinist terror, met with historians- some under prosecution themselves – and talked to people who think Russia is in need of a strong leader like Stalin. In her project, she brings these opposing views together.

We kindly invite you raise a glass with us at the opening of the exhibition at Melkweg Expo, which also marks the launch of the book Onderdrukt door de verlosser. Een zoektocht naar Stalin’s erfenis in het Rusland van nu (in Dutch), published by Atlas Contact, on January 11.

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A background evening in collaboration with De Groene Amsterdammer

Why do people continue to revere a leader who has made millions of victims? What parallels can be drawn between Russia’s past and present?

During the thirty year rule of Stalin, millions of innocent victims were imprisoned in the forced labour camps of the Gulag, exiled or executed. Yet in Putin’s Russia, Stalin is revered as a strong leader and according to recent polls he is now the most popular historic figure in Russia.

In the debate Suppressed by the Saviour Nanci Adler (NIOD and University of Amsterdam), Nikita Petrov (Memorial Moskou), Sana Valiulina (author) and Hester den Boer will discuss Stalin’s heritage in Russia today. Documentary film maker Jessica Gorter will show film fragments from her award winning documentary De Rode Ziel. The evening is moderated by Xandra Schutte, chief editor of De Groene Amsterdammer.

The debate will be conducted in English.

Image above: Yuri Dmitriev, renowded historian and head of the Karelia branch of Memorial, was arrested for the second time in June 2018. The charges include the intention of producing child pornography. They relate to 9 images of his foster daughter, taken for medical reasons.

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Kolyma, Kolyma, you distant planet

In Kolyma. Who lives in Russia’s largest former Gulag?, we encounter some of the inhabitants of Kolyma, whose lives are closely bound to this former Gulag. Antonia Novosad, one of the last ex-prisoners still alive, returned to Kolyma some years after her release. ‘Here, I am surrounded by my history’, she explains. Viktor Genrichovich is the child of a prisoner – ‘born in exile’, as he calls it – yet believes that Russia was better off under Stalin.

Kolyma is the second episode of a series of online visual stories which connects the content of Den Boer’s nonfiction book with her photography while making it accessible to the international and Russian speaking community. The series will eventually consist of 8 episodes in Dutch, English and Russian.

You can follow the project via the web app

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Melkweg Expo: opening exhibition and book launch Atlas Contact

Melkweg Expo: opening exhibition and book launch Atlas Contact
Fri 11 Jan 2019 17:30-20:30

12 Jan - 3 Feb 2019
Mon-Sun 11:00-01:00
Fri-Sat until 03:00

Melkweg Expo
Marnixstraat 409, Amsterdam
Entrance via MILK

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Melkweg: debate Suppressed by the Saviour

Melkweg: debate <em>Suppressed by the Saviour</em>
Wed 16 Jan 20:00

Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Amsterdam

Presented by Paradox and De Groene Amsterdammer. Seating is limited, so get your tickets in time at Melkweg.

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Kolyma. Gebouwd op de restanten van de goelag

<em>Kolyma. Gebouwd op de restanten van de goelag</em>
Wed 9 Jan

De Groene Amsterdammer will publish chapter 5 of the book, Kolyma. Gebouwd op de restanten van de goelag as a longread, in combination with the visual story on Kolyma.

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Atlas Contact: order the book

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